(Some readers may recognise the below text as a blog post originally posted last Easter. The busy events of the recent Triduum have left little time to compose a fresh offering for Easter Sunday, but the texts of St. Alphonsus Ligouri which are dealt with below, still contain as many riches and occasions for meditation, as they did twelve months ago. Blessed Easter!)
‘This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’. So reads the translation of the gradual for Easter Sunday, sung before the great sequence, Victimae Paschali laudes. The past several weeks of Lent, the recent weeks of Passiontide and the past few days of the Triduum, have all come to their conclusion. All traces of mourning and penance are gone, the purple vestments are replaced by the resplendent gold and the altar is adorned with flowers. The organ sounds its’ magnificent pipes and the chants of the liturgy repeat the word Alleluia, which has not been heard since before Septuagesima.